Former Take That member Robbie Williams recently joined NME for a conversation when he spoke about Morrissey and Elton John.
Robbie Williams opens up on Morrissey and Elton John
Robbie Williams might have experienced great pain but he has poured into enduring pop songs, as ‘XXV’ attests. It’s arguable that he doesn’t get enough credit as a songwriter. Williams is unorthodox in the music sphere by co-writing most of his songs and said his writing style was similar to fellow controversy magnet Morrisey.
“If you break down the maths of what I’m doing musically on a song,” he says, recognizing the point, “I do the same thing that Morrissey does. I’m not saying in any way, shape or form that I’m as good as or better than Morrissey, I’m just saying: I do the same thing. He sings to melody and puts a lyric to it. Same with Elton – he does it the other way around. It’s only annoying when there’s disrespect brought to it. I’m not bothered, but if it’s levelled against me that I don’t [write] or it’s ‘his songwriters’, then I’m like, ‘F*** you’.”
Williams is currently gearing up to go on tour, including dates in Dublin’s 3Arena to promote ‘XXV’, an album that reworks some of his biggest hits from over the years. The former Take That man will be getting the Netflix documentary treatment in 2023, and fans can catch the ‘Feel’ star in action at the 3Arena this October.